Saturday, March 30, 2013

Spring...finally!


Spring has been reluctant and petulant this year and regardless of how hard we try to not let it affect our mood, it has.  Winter in the north can be both exhilarating and exasperating, often at the same time. Last week at this time, we were anticipating two to four inches of snow and hoping it would be the last of the season. Snow in April isn't unheard of, but it's not welcomed no matter how quickly it melts.

OhNo and Sunny don't mind the snow.

Well, we got seven inches here at Our Little Acre and some areas close to us got as much as ten.    There were some crocuses blooming before the snow, but they aren't as bothered by it as we are and now that the temperature has risen into the 50s, the snow is gone and the crocuses are fine.

Chionodoxa
Romie and I walked around the yard last evening and looked at the spring flowers - what there was of them - and noted that most of the usual suspects were at least poking out of the ground, even if they weren't blooming.

There were snowdrops, hellebores, Dutch hyacinths, Eranthis, reticulated iris, Puschkinia, species tulips, hybrid tulips, Chionodoxa, daffodils, and crocus, of course.  But only the snowdrops, hellebores, Eranthis, and some of the crocus were in bloom.

What a difference a day makes!  Today, the reticulated iris, and a few Chionodoxa were open.

Iris reticulata 'Spring Time'
 
But the crocus...ohhhh the crocus!  There were many more of them and this is their day, their time to shine.

Crocus sieberi 'Tricolor'



Crocus 'Advance'
 
Crocus sieberi 'Tricolor'

 
Crocus sieberi 'Tricolor'

Crocus chrysanthus 'Prins Claus'

Crocus chrysanthus 'Fuscotinctus'

Crocus chrysanthus 'Prins Claus'


Last year, the hot - yes, HOT - weather in March put the spring blooming in overdrive and we had such a short time to enjoy it.  The joy of a slow and leisurely spring is a longer bloom time for those gaudy flowers we wait all winter to see.




10 comments:

jayneonweedstreet said...

The variety of crocus is impressive! I love them so - why don't I plant more! Your cats are quite adventuresome in the snow! Adorable!

Lea said...

So many beautiful blooms!
Lovely fur-babies, too!
Happy Easter!
Lea
Lea's Menagerie

Anonymous said...

I always enjoy your posts on facebook. not to the extent of your farm but it brings me back to a younger me picking flowers in our yard and just enjoying the beauty. Thank you so much.

Christys Cottage Wildlife Garden said...

Hi Kylee...your Iris and Crocus are absolutely stunning. You have so many Crocus it makes me want to buy more, more, more!! Happy Easter to you and yours!

Cindy Garber Iverson said...

I've never seen the Tri Color variety until now. Wow! They are beautiful! I'm so happy for you that your snow melted so fast so you could enjoy these lovely flowers just in time for Easter.

Happy Easter!

jason said...

Your crocus are gorgeous! We have just a few in bloom so far, but they are definitely a welcome sight.

Nelson said...

Definitely SPRING has arrived. I just love this season as this season is often associated with rebirth, renewal and regrowth.

boulder walls Brisbane said...

You've got so many beautiful blooms! Spring has finally arrived! Love your Iris and your crocus! They are absolutely gorgeous! Nice share!!

RobinL said...

Although it's cold today, I think spring is headed to Ohio this weekend! Please let it be so.

Maggid said...

What a gorgeous blog!
I'm an AtoZ visitor.
Thank you for sharing with all of us!
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